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Europe's recession: Your views

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Economic activity in the eurozone as a whole fell by 0.1%

The French and German economies both grew by 0.3% between April and June, bringing to an end year-long recessions in Europe's largest economies.

We've been asking readers across Europe if they think there is still a recession where they live. Here is a selection of your comments.


The locals here have not had two Euros to rub together since the recession hit. Shop prices are sky high, Brits are leaving in droves, houses are not selling (or going for very little). Tourism is way down so I see no evidence of any recovery here.
Neil Howard, Caumont-l'Éventé, Normandy, France

Imports falling can also be a sign of an economy in trouble. Germany and France normally both import a lot of consumer goods. To say that the recession is over is merely a statistical anomaly.
Mat Nichol, Hamburg, Germany

I live part of my year in Kiel, Hostein, in Germany and there is no doubt that everyone is very concerned. Things have deteriorated recently and it is not getting any better. Despite what the figures may say this is largely due to government aid. The recession will be around for another five years and I think beyond. I've never seen such apathy and conditions are dire.
Andy, Bradford, UK

Government involvement has never put an end to any recession. Spending more money will not end the recession. Almost anything that is written in the newspapers and said on television about the recession is a lie. Unemployment will bring more unemployment. Some newspapers even have the headline "Recession ends" and in the next page a story entitled "20,000 fired".
John, Maasbree, Netherlands

The worst recession in Europe since the end of World War II is still not visible in the streets. What a difference with the thirties, when thousands of people were lining up in food-chains. I see my fellow citizens going to bars and restaurants, taking aeroplanes to go to the Mediterranean and further, driving splendid cars, buying other consumer goods like they did one year ago... On the other hand, I know of friends who work in companies who might lay people off in the autumn. So, it is still too soon to declare a final end of the recession.
Robert, Bruges, Belgium

We're very much in a recession in the UK, in fact it feels worse now.... I have been out of work since November and 100+ people go for every job. There are a lot of people not claiming because they have savings and have to survive on that before claiming benefits. France and Germany are no surprise. Their governments were not stupid enough to go to full-on war in Iraq and have a smaller number of military in Afghanistan. War costs money.
Sarah Bear, Sidcup, Kent, UK

There is no end in sight to the recession. Things are getting a lot worse and will continue to do so for some time. Unemployment is growing all the time. Leadership from government is very poor.
Conn Crowley, Rathnew, Ireland

To say the recession is over is like saying you have escaped the pull of gravity as you bounce back upward from a safety net. Upward movement does not necessarily mean upward trend or upward pressure. This is a short sighted view of the situation that ignores fundamental economic metrics and forces, all of which are still pointing in the wrong direction. Unemployment is still rising across the eurozone - just because the rate at which it is doing so has slowed does not mean a reversal in the trend is imminent.
Alex Heighton, Leicestershire, UK

On the face of it European economies are about to grow again, but big differences among countries still exist. Unemployment in Spain has been rising and will probably rise sharply after summer holidays. It is quite simple: the correction in the housing market is still down the line. Few transactions occur and the construction industry is quite redundant, so are many related jobs. The Spanish economy and employment will wait for affordable house prices, something bitter for banks loaded with mortgages.
Antonio, Alcazar San Juan, Spain

I am currently in the process of leaving Spain and returning to the UK after living here for 11 years. The Spanish dole system is drastically different. I was made unemployed in December and was entitled to six months dole based on what I'd paid into their system. I waited three months for it to be paid and since June, I am no longer entitled to anything at all. Friends of mine wait at the supermarkets, waiting for it to close so they can get hold of any food thrown out. Fights often break out. Watch the market places after a market has been held and you will see people picking up discarded fruit and veg that sellers have deemed unfit to sell. The saddest part of it is, there is absolutely no sign of any improvement anytime soon.
Rose Kelly, Benidorm, Spain

I can't help but think that government schemes such as the car scrappage allowance have actually only helped other economies and not ours as where do a large percentage of the cars on British roads come from? Germany and France. It would appear that perhaps Mr Brown has merely handed more power to our competitors for industries such as car manufacturing. Sadly this will only damage the UK industry even more.
Daniel Porter-Jones, Llandudno, Wales

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